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  • Step 1

    Decide on the factors affecting your decision and list them in the first column below

  • Step 2

    Weight the factors affecting your decision. The higher the number you enter, the more important the factor

  • Step 3

    List all of your possible options. These are the potential answers to your question

  • Step 4

    Give each option a score against every factor to produce your very own Weighted Decision

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How to use the weighted decision matrix

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The first thing to consider is obvious – what’s the decision you need to make!  It could be something simple or more fundamental, it really doesn’t matter, the decision matrix will cope with either scenario.  We like to use it for big family decisions such as where to go on holiday or what sort of car do we get next.  You can all look at the screen, decide on the factors involved and then debate the scores and when you do that all angles are covered.  Coming soon, you’ll be able to save the decision you reached and send it to your friends and family via email, Facebook or Twitter!  So, what to do…

1. As above, choose the question to answer, double click on the “Type your question here” cell and type it in

2. Next you need to decide on the factors involved in the decision you are making.  When considering the question think Who, When, Why, What and How to prompt you to think of everything you need to.  Look at our example on the home page to get you started.

3. Now you need to weight the factors you settled on in 2.  It’s easiest to do this by giving the most important factor a value of 5 and the least important a value of 1.  It’s important to do this but if you really can’t decide on the order it is okay to give two factors a weighting that is the same.  We don’t recommend it as you are less likely to get a clear result but hey, that’s up to you.

4. List all of your possible options on the options row next, any order you like.

5. The final step is to score all of your options out of 5 or 10 or even a hundred against all of the different factors.  So option A may score a 5 for the first factor but only a 1 for the second but both could end up with the same weighted score depending on how you set up the weightings in step 3.  Confused?  Just have a go and it will all become clear.

We will be making a video to show all of this shortly so don’t forget to come back soon to check it out but if you get really stuck you can tweet us or ask a question on Facebook as well.  Have fun!

Weighted Decision Making Matrix Tool

You can use a weighted decision matrix to choose between different options.  The image below shows how it can be used to choose where to go on holiday.

Use our free weighted decision making tools and templates to help you decide what to do!

Download a decision matrix by clicking on the button >>>

What diet should I decide to go on?

No carbs? Low fat? Soup only? Paleo diet? Atkins diet?  Use our decision making matrix here to decide.  The list of diets to choose from is seemingly endless so how to choose what diet I should decide to go on is a tough question for anyone who wants to lose a few pounds.

Now we’re not diet experts by any stretch but we can at least give you the low down on some of the factors to consider when making your choice but please, if you are really unsure which diet is best for you then go talk to a doctor or dietician.

We would advise you check out the safety record of the diet you are considering.  Don’t just take the information from a website and trust it, ask your doctor, consult several sources and talk to real people about their experiences.  If you have bowel problems make sure you understand the risk of changing your fibre intake for example.

Quick results Vs. long term success?  Are the two incompatible and does it matter anyway?  If you are looking to lose a few pounds for the beach season then one diet may suit you better than one designed to lose a little over a long period of time.  The South Beach diet for example discovered that a diet which is very low in fat content is not effective long term.  Food for thought!

Anybody we’ve ever met who has been on a diet have only ever had success if the diet has appealed to them in the first place.  What do we mean by that?  Well, some people can cut out biscuits and crisps and not really miss them, other people want to have them available as a treat every so often and still some people will gorge on them if they get even the slightest whiff of their favourite!  Depending on which type of person you are should affect which diet you choose.  You’ve got to be realistic after all.

Finally, is the diet you are considering endorsed?  No, we don’t mean by some soap opera star with little or no dietary training but by a medical doctor.  Medical science advances all the time so don’t think you know it all, we certainly don’t either so do yourself a favour before you put yourself through unnecessary hell, check out the diet with your doctor before you decide which diet to go on.  Go and weigh up your decision using our matrix here and feel free to leave a comment below.

Where should I go on holiday?

Every year people will decide with their families or friends where to go on holiday.  We’ve designed a weighted decision matrix here to help you make that holiday decision.  Usually the discussion will start in the dark winter months when we start to miss the heat of the sun or start dreaming of the bright lights of the ski slopes.  The adverts start appearing on the TV showing us wonderful destinations and promising the holiday of a lifetime.  Sounds familiar?

The more people involved in the decision, the harder it will be to choose a holiday that suits everyone.  If there’s only the two of you and you’re young and all loved up, chances are you’ll be happy wherever you end up (even in a grotty apartment in a tower block in Ibiza).  If you’re in a family of four or five then the whole holiday decision can become a nightmare, especially if you have teenagers!

At this stage (with a family) you tend to have two options.  You could become a dictator, after all it’s your money that’s buying this holiday so they can all darn well go where you want to go!  You might be happy with this in the winter months but once on holiday have you noticed how all the problems are suddenly your fault!  Your other choice is to go all democratic and discuss the various options.  Unless you’re some kind of management consultant and can lead a focussed, calm discussion minus all the emotion this can very quickly descend into an argument of huge proportions.  Little Johnny wants to see the sea but Mum (who has put on a few pounds recently) wouldn’t be seen dead in a swimsuit in public and so it goes on!

Our decision making matrix here could be a big help to you.  You can compare and contrast very easily between your various options and hopefully decide where to go on holiday.

Have you ever taken any really bad holiday decisions or do you have any other factors that you always take into account when deciding where to go? Let us know in the comments or via Twitter and Facebook to the right.